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1992. USA. Written and directed by Julie Dash. With Cora Lee Day, Alva Rogers, Barbara O., Kaycee Moore, Adisa Anderson. The Sea Islands of Georgia, described by filmmaker Julie Dash as a kind of “Ellis Island for Africans,” is the beautiful and haunting setting for this tale of three generations of Gullah women in the Peazant family. Dash limns the bonds and strains between the ancestral mothers who were brought as slaves to St. Helena Island in the 18th century, and their children’s children who, longing for the pleasures and freedom of modernity, restlessly prepare to “pass over” to the North in the year 1902. Astonishingly, Daughters of the Dust was the first feature film by an African American woman to have a theatrical release in the United States; elected to The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2004, it is now considered a landmark of independent American cinema. Courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive. 113 min.